UPEI’s Travis McIsaac made his first goal of the season one to remember.
He scored in overtime to lift the Panthers to a much-needed 2-1 win against the Dalhousie Tigers Friday night in Charlottetown.
While the sophomore centre scored a hat trick last Saturday against Moncton in a 5-4 exhibition loss in Tignish, it was last night's goal and an earlier assist that translated into crucial points for the Atlantic University Sport men's hockey squad.
McIsaac's goal came 5:53 into overtime when he potted a Tyler Brown rebound to the left of Dalhousie netminder Wendell Vye. Defenceman Matt Maione also got an assist on the goal.
"It felt pretty good. Obviously it's a special night," said McIsaac. "We're aware of the teams that are trying to catch us. We tried to really bear down so it was important to get that extra point."
The win helped UPEI keep a hold on sixth place in the AUS standings with 15 points. Dalhousie (13) is in seventh, while St. Thomas (5) sits in eighth.
McIsaac and the rest of the UPEI squad will try to keep the momentum going tonight when they take on the Acadia Axemen at MacLauchlan Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
"I'm just trying to play it simple. I'm playing with two really good players, (Jordan Knox) and (Chris DeSousa)," said McIsaac. "I'm just trying to chip in wherever I can and hopefully we can keep it going tomorrow night."
We're aware of the teams that are trying to catch us. We tried to really bear down so it was important to get that extra point. - Travis McIsaac, UPEI Panthers centre
Friday's game saw the Panthers and Tigers battle neck and neck with almost an even number of shots for most of the match.
The first period was scoreless before Dalhousie's Andrew Wigginton opened the second with a goal from behind the UPEI net that banked in off Panther goalie Wayne Savage at 4:06.
It was only minutes later on a power play at 7:49 when UPEI forward Jordan Knox tapped one past Vye.
Savage made 31 saves, while Vye made 33.
The game saw Nick Creelman, who previously played with the Summerside Capitals, listed as backup netminder for UPEI.
Other AUS games last night saw St. F.X. down Moncton 5-1, Saint Mary's beat St. Thomas 7-1 and UNB doubled Acadia 4-2.
NOTE… Local band Vintage will perform in the CARI complex lobby tonight from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. and between 7:30 and 8:10 p.m.